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Metallica have released their contribution to the imminent Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.

The song, a mash-up of Dio favourites A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer and Kill The King titled Ronnie Rising Medley, in the latest to be unveiled from the album, which also features covers by the likes of Corey Taylor, Halestorm and Doro.

Check it out here.

The album will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org) and was organised and produced by his wife, Wendy.

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life lands on April 1 via Rhino. Check out the full list of covers below:

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Tracklist

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff of Saxon*
7. “Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch the Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (featuring “A Light in the Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”, “Kill the King”)”– Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

A number of the names above joined forces to celebrate the life of Ronnie James Dio at the recent Third Annual Awards Gala in LA. It was immense. Here’s what went down.

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008’s] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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According to Law360.com, JUDAS PRIEST lead singer Rob Halford, other PRIEST members, and the band’s management team have reached a settlement with Rob‘s longtime manager John Baxter in a breach-of-contract suit.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel granted the parties’ joint motion for dismissal on Thursday after they said they’d reached a settlement. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Halford his PRIEST bandmates and the group management team were sued by Baxter to the tune of around $50 million. Rolling Stone reported that Baxter‘s suit, which can be found as a PDF document at this location, alleges “fraud, breach of contract, and intentional interference with contractual relations.” Shortly after Halford fired Baxter in August 2012, Baxter claimed that he realized that the PRIEST frontman owed him millions due to “contract breaches, including failure to pay commissions, salary and expenses dating back to 1992.” He said that Halford misled him by saying that he was unable to pay Baxter the monies owed him, but promised to do so when he had the money at hand.

Baxter was fired on August 9, 2012 by a letter from a U.K. law firm stating, in part, “It has become clear over recent weeks that the relationships between our parties has run its course and that you are not acting in our clients’ best interests. . . (Your actions have) placed an intolerable strain upon our clients’ ability to maintain constructive and professional relations with the remaining members of JUDAS PRIEST and their representatives at this crucial time.”

Baxter‘s lawyer Barry K. Rothman told Rolling Stone: “It was wrongful termination because there’s no basis to have terminated. They have their own agenda. Baxter has been managing (Halford) for decades. JUDAS PRIEST was coming to an end and the JUDAS PRIEST people wanted to engage Halford in his solo endeavor and to continue to have a relationship with him which was not possible with Baxter in the middle. There’s a whole reason why this all of the sudden abruptly came to an end.”

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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX today (Friday, September 27), fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. LA Lloyd of the Austin, Texas radio station KLBJ-FM asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “”That is the plan,” he said (hear audio below). “But we won’t do that until we finish recording a new record. We need a new album.”

He continued: “We started working on new music earlier in the year, and it was really fun; we had a great time. Lars [Ulrich; METALLICA drummer] was even saying that it was the funnest time that he had jamming with METALLICA.

“There’s a great sense of unity right now in the band; we’re firing on all cylinders.

“We’ve had a lot of challenging moments on stage, we changed the setlist every night, we played some major events. We had a special anniversary… It was about a year ago, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we played four shows for the 30-year anniversary, and we actually… Again, us being crazy, we flew in people like Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] from Birmingham, England to sing one song with us. We had members of DIAMOND HEAD there, we had MERCYFUL FATE, with King Diamond, [who] came out from Denmark. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, we flew them in, from BLACK SABBATH, to do a medley of SABBATH songs with us. We had Glenn Danzig. I mean, it was crazy. Lou Reed came out, too. It was four nights of that, and it was a celebration for our fans. And again, going back to the idea that we’re not making any money off this — I mean, Fillmore is a small place, and we’re flying people in, and we’ve gotta put them up. But again, at the end of the day, it’s for our fans. And I always think that that’s why people really connect with us, because we’re kind of crazy like that. And at the end of the ay, I think it translates into positive energy.

“But again, the reality is we’ve gotta make a new album. We’ll take the stage out a few years down the line if there’s a demand — kind of the way Roger Waters took his production out.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the “Metallica Through The Never” film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Behind-the-scenes footage of the “Lift Me Up Diamond Meet & Greet VIP Package” from a recent show on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s current tour can be seen below.

Diamond package — which is priced $925 and is limited to 10 people per show — includes:

* Special limited-edition FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH graphic — autographed Dean MLXM guitar
* Limited-edition RIAA-ceritifed official FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH triple gold award plaque (from Knucklehead #01 to Knucklehead #150)
* One-on-one meet-and-greet: Hang with the band and take pics!
* Exclusive VIP t-shirt or limited-edition VIP jersey
* FINGER DEATH PUNCH drumhead signed by entire band
* Exclusive soundcheck (where available)
* Backstage/onstange tour (where available)
* Early-entry access
* Limited-edition commemorative laminate and lanyard.

Everyone who purchases a “Lift Me Up Diamond Meet & Greet VIP Package” automatically gets entered to win a one-of-a-kind FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH custom-designed motorcycle built by Murder Machine.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has unleashed a game-play video for its new single, “Battle Born”. The action-packed clip was created by Machinima director Jackfrags and based on the popular “Battlefield 4” video game.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2”, the second half of a two-record set, is due to arrive on November 19 via via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories.

The first half of “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” came out on July 30 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.

The first single from “Volume 1”, “Lift Me Up”, featured JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford and hit the top of the rock radio chart.

“Volume 1” has sold more than 233,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.

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Iconic prog/metal guitarist Michael Romeo of SYMPHONY X, eminent guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak, from Rob Halford‘s band HALFORD, and industry session vocalist Chandler Mogel, among others, have joined forces with celebrated drum virtuoso Pat Gesualdo, and his new studio project ICELAND.

A portion of income from the project will be donated to numerous schools, hospitals, and community centers throughout the world, on behalf of Gesualdo‘s famed non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums And Disabilities), which helps brings free therapy services to disabled children and their families.

“Iceland is a combination of music masters, who bring forth great performances for fans who love progressive metal music,” says Gesualdo. “I am grateful to have my musician friends join me in this wonderful project, which will help disabled children throughout the world develop physical and cognitive abilities.”

Gesualdo made medical, education, and drumming history with his groundbreaking techniques of drum therapy, and his famed non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). D.A.D. is used by doctors, psychologists, neuroscientists, therapists and school systems on a global basis to help special needs children.

Numerous celebrities, sports stars, and corporations join with Pat in an effort to help children fight disabilities throughout the world. He has performed/recorded for various Warner Brothers, Columbia, Sony, Atlantic, and Paramount Pictures artists and special projects, has won numerous awards and honors, and is the author of the hit instruction book “Drum Therapy”. He has been the lead story in major international media outlets, and is an artist/clinician for Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Zildjian Cymbals, Alfred Music Publishing, and ProLogix Percussion.

Track listing:

01. Buddha And The King – Metal Mike, Pat Gesualdo, Chandler Mogel
02. Reverse Osmosis – Michael Romeo, Pat Gesualdo
03. Egyptian Winds – Michael Romeo, Pat Gesualdo, Chandler Mogel
04. Carol Of The Bells – Metal Mike, Pat Gesualdo
05. World’s Apart – Chandler Mogel, Pat Gesualdo
06. The Trial Of Adeus Bue – Michael Romeo, Pat Gesualdo
07. Apocalypse – Metal Mike, Pat Gesualdo, Chandler Mogel
08. Sign From Above – Chandler Mogel, Pat Gesualdo
09. Solar Shuffle – Michael Romeo, Pat Gesualdo

The songs can be previewed at www.icelandnj.com.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has set November 19 as the release date for “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2”, the second half of the Las Vegas band’s two-album set. Pre-orders for the new disc will start on Tuesday (September 10), while the first single from the CD, “Battle Born”, has just arrived at rock radio stations. The song’s official video will arrive next week.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2” track listing:

01. Here To Die
02. Weight Beneath My Sin
03. Wrecking Ball
04. Battle Born
05. Cradle To the Grave
06. Matter Of Time
07. The Agony Of Regret
08. Cold
09. Let This Go
10. My Heart Lied
11. A Day In My Life
12. House Of The Rising Sun

Even though the band recorded two albums worth of material this time around, singer Ivan Moody told The Pulse Of Radio he’s not a fan of working in the studio. “No, I don’t spend a lot of time in the studio, man,” he said. “I truly don’t. I’ll be in there when I have to. I hate the containment, I can’t stand the schedule crap. The monotony drives me frickin’ crazy, you know, ‘Do it again, do it again, let’s try that again,’ and it’s just, it’s so frustrating to me. Sitting in the booth and feeling like, basically it’s just a cold, dead coffin, and a lot of the time people want to know why my lyrics are so angry — that has a lot to do with it.”

The first half of “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” came out on July 30 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.

The first single from “Volume 1”, “Lift Me Up”, featured JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford and hit the top of the rock radio chart.

“Volume 1” has sold more than 210,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a North American fall tour at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on September 15.

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“Battle Born”, the new video from Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, can be seen below (courtesy of MetalItalia.com). The song comes off the band’s new album, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2”, the second half of a two-record set, which is due to arrive on Novemeber 19.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.

The group’s 2009 sophomore album, “War Is The Answer”, moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.

After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.

First single from “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1”, “Lift Me Up”, features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.

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Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently conducted an interview with drummer Jeremy Spencer and guitarist Jason Hook of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s new album, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1”, sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.

The group’s 2009 sophomore album, “War Is The Answer”, moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” is the first half of a two-record set, with the second half due to arrive on Novemeber 19.

After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.

First single “Lift Me Up” features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.

Interview (audio):

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Earlier this year, Jeremy Spencer of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH gave Drum! magazine an up-close-and-personal look at his time in producer Kevin Churko‘s The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada recording the band’s new album, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1”. Check out the second and third clips below.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.

The group’s 2009 sophomore album, “War Is The Answer”, moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” is the first half of a two-record set, with the second half due to arrive on Novemeber 19.

After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.

First single “Lift Me Up” features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.




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